Hypermobility Syndrome

1st Edition

Diagnosis and Management for Physiotherapists

Authors: Rosemary Keer Rodney Grahame
Paperback ISBN: 9780750653909
eBook ISBN: 9780702038426
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 3rd June 2003
Page Count: 188


Following a brief description of the historical and genetic background of the condition HMS is described in relation to other connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, the Marfan Syndrome etc. The hypermobility syndrome is distinct from hypermobility (as in one joint only), which most physiotherapists are familiar with, and this difference will be explored.

Hypermobility, is something people are born with, but it does not necessarily produce symptoms. It is present in between 5-15% of the population. Many of these will suffer symptoms at some stage in their life. It may occur in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy or old age. Each of these stages is covered in the book, with detailed information on the presentation of the condition and its management.

There are contributions from a variety of medical practitioners experienced in this field:.
Consultant Rheumatologist, Professor R Grahame, Consultant Paediatrician, Dr K Murray, GP, Dr E Mansi, several physiotherapists, who specialise in different areas; Rosemary Keer (adults), Alison Middleditch (adolescents), Vicky Harding (Chronic pain), Jane Simmonds (Rehabilitation) & Sue Maillard (paediatric). There will also be a contribution from Sarah Gurley-Green, past Chairperson to the Hypermobility Syndrome association.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates how to identify the condition in the clinic.
  • Discusses treatment and management strategies.
  • Provides examples in the form of case studies.
  • Includes details of a comprehensive assessment procedure, which differs depending on the stage of the disorder and the age of the patient.
  • Features contributions by experts in a range of medical fields.

Table of Contents

  1. Hypermobility and Hypermobility syndrome
    2. Hypermobility and the Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
    3. Overall Management of the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
    4. Hypermobility Syndrome in Children
    5. Management of the Hypermobile Adolescent
    6. Physiotherapy Assessment of the Hypermobile Adult
    7. Management of the Hypermobile Adult
    8. Rehabilitation, Fitness, Sport and Performance for Individuals with Joint Hypermobility
    9. Joint Hypermobility and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD)
    10. Joint Hypermobility and Chronic Pain: Possible Linking Mechanisms and Management Highlighted by a Cognitive-Behavioural Approach.
    11. Hypermobility Syndrome from the Patient's Perspective


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About the Author

Rosemary Keer

Affiliations and Expertise

Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist, Central London Physiotherapy Clinic, Harley Street, London UK

Rodney Grahame

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Rheumatologist, University College Hospital, London, UK